SALINAS — Mario Torres, a 56-year-old inmate at Salinas Valley State Prison, has been sentenced to 105-to-life for several assaults committed during his incarceration.
The first incident occurred on June 15, 2012, when Torres jumped the victim from behind, pulled out a stabbing instrument from his waistband, and stabbed him repeatedly. The man fell unconscious and landed on his face, which resulted in permanent paralysis.
The second attack occurred on May 15, 2016, when Torres attacked another victim with a stabbing instrument. The man was stabbed repeatedly in the neck before prison staff were able to intervene, although he did eventually recover.
*This May a jury convicted Torres of one count of inflicting great bodily injury to another inmate. The jury also found the Torres used a deadly weapon while committing the assaults. As a result the charges fall under the three strikes laws.
This May, a jury convicted Torres of one count of inflicting great bodily injury to another inmate and using a deadly weapon during an assault. The charges fall under Three Strikes laws. Torres was already serving a life sentence for the murder of the mother of his child.